The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Evanston hit new record Thursday — 119.9 up from 112.9 on Wednesday.

The daily case count, at 160, was just one short of the one-day record of 161, set last Friday.

Cook County set a record today as well with a seven-day average of 6,134 new coronavirus cases.

The county today joined Chicago in requiring proof of vaccination to dine in restaurants and to enter other indoor venues like gyms and fitness centers.

Evanston health officials are expected to decide next week to join the county in imposing such a rule here.

The City of Evanston reported today that the hospitals that serve Evanston have had only relatively small changes in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the past few days, though the numbers have doubled from a month ago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.